Less is more

I’m finding, with my landscape photography, that I’m increasingly drawn to a minimalist approach. Sometimes to the point of abstraction.

It’s not necessarily about simplicity. Some images can be very busy.

It’s more about honing in on one thing. Landscape photography is not just about the grand vistas and dramatic scenery. That has its place, for sure. But if you have a dramatic scene in front of you, then getting a dramatic picture takes very little skill or effort.

What interests me more is the process of extraction.

This means finding the one idea, or the one emotion. And that means eliminating everything irrelevant to it. And there are many ways to do this, such as using a long lens to isolate the subject, getting in close, or restricting the colour palette.

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